Any ideas on practicing volley away from court?

user92626

Legend
I wanna improve my volley side but I can't come to the court. Even if I come, there's no one cooperating.

I thinking of doing some "wall" volleying and a lot of mental visualization. I'll be thinking of my weaknesses and trying to address them through ... practicing reflexes, mental imagery, forms, etc. all in my back yard.

You think this will work?

This process worked pretty well for my ground strokes though.
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
find your enemy, give them a bag of balls

tell them to throw them as fast as they can at you

defend yourself with the racket by volleying the ball away

this will help develop your reaction speed, and timing
 
That looks like a very good idea. The board should not be on the ground but above net height to train the angle of the racket face and also the upper arm angle - see the video below. Maybe a 4 x 8' piece of plywood on the ground with some 2X4"s to stiffen it and a line or 2x2" for net height. 1" plywood is very stiff but expensive.

Angle of the upper arm.

But a ball machine would be much better.
 
I purchased a baseball pitcher's rebounder to use with a small medicine ball for physical therapy. It returns the ball to the baseball pitcher using an elastic net. Paid $50 on sale. My 0.5 Kg medicine ball for ISR was a little heavy for it. It rebounded perfectly but the frame clamp would slip and needed some kind of reinforcement. A tennis ball is lighter than a baseball. ? I moved and had to sell it.


 

user92626

Legend
Well, I hope the post right above has spiced up this thread!

I have watched it twice and learned alot. :)


I'm curious, especially to fellow volley learners, improvers

Can you troubleshoot and address your volley problems with direct counter points?

Say, if you feel you can't see the ball well as it gets closer, can you practice staring at the ball as it leaves opponent's racket?

If you feel you're too slow to get to the ball, would working on your quick judgement, on reacting, work?
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
I wanna improve my volley side but I can't come to the court. Even if I come, there's no one cooperating.

I thinking of doing some "wall" volleying and a lot of mental visualization. I'll be thinking of my weaknesses and trying to address them through ... practicing reflexes, mental imagery, forms, etc. all in my back yard.

You think this will work?

This process worked pretty well for my ground strokes though.
Juggling can help improve your hand-eye coordination, which is useful for good volleying.
 

user92626

Legend
:-D Not entirely sure the whole intent with the latest gif, but frankly that's like the typical weekend stuff that I see and kinda look for for fun and giggles :) In short, rec tennis can get very comical sometimes.



Sadly my last weekend was not it! It was a social disgust consist of 30% playing and 70% trash talks. As usual I happened to get to team up with the worst person in the 4, against a young woman and a capable, loudmouth guy.

For some reason my guy, 59 years old, having played for 15, 20 years, still couldn't hold an average rally with anyone! He can't play the net. I got a little frustrated by many out of character plays of my partner and eventually I made stupid plays too. That gave my loudmouth opponent even more ammunition to taunt and trash talk about us!!




Anyway, I wonder if anyone else is like me in that they need to have a partner who can do 2, 3 or more ground stroke shots for them to poach, volley, go for a kill shot at the net?

I go bezerk and likely break down myself if my partner can only returns serve at 50% (or less) chance or struggle to do 2 shots from the baseline. I can't do anything at the net or anywhere when this happens.
 
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